Cameroon reports drop in Arabica exports

Crop damage due to rain is said to be the cause of of a 34 per cent drop in Arabica exports from October to May in Cameroon, according to news reports. The general manager of the North West Cooperative Association told a news agency on 19 July that the Arabica beans were of poor quality. The drop in quality and quantity was blamed on high levels of precipitation, which led to poor conditions for drying. From October 2010 to May 2011, the country exported 750,703 60kg bags of coffee, according to International Coffee Organisation (ICO) statistics. In the corresponding period from October 2009 to May 2010, Cameroon had exported 534,962 60kg bags of coffee, according to the ICO.

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